Layered Fruit Pops <br /> Photography by Jeff Coulson Credits: Layered Fruit Pops <br /> Photography by Jeff Coulson
Deicious summer snack recipes
Lactose-free snack recipes
Layered Fruit Pops
These colourful pops are not only beautiful to look at, but they are also packed with healthy, in-season fruit. Mix and match fruits to suit your taste.
Multiseed Cranberry Energy Bars
When the honey boils down, it gets thick, syrupy and surprisingly less sticky. You can add nuts to these bars if you like – just substitute 1/2 cup of them for the pumpkin seeds.
This fragrant nut butter is packed with almonds and pepitas, which are both good sources of monounsaturated fats. Almonds are also a good source of vitamin E.
Almond Apple Stacks
This no-bake snack is not only healthy but also allows little chefs to be creative. A pear is a great alternative if you're out of apples.
Curried Roasted Chickpeas
This flavourful snack has the benefits of being low in saturated fat and a source of iron and folate. Pack in plastic bags or airtight containers for on-the-road snacks or school lunches.
Gluten-free snack recipes
Gluten-Free Chewy Honey Nut Snack Bars
These bars make a delicious snack the kids will love.
Crunchy Gluten-Free Granola
This sweet granola is so addictive that you'll want it for snacking on anytime, not just for breakfast. The recipe is good for people who want to avoid gluten but can still tolerate oats. Look for “gluten-free” or “wheat free” labelling to ensure no cross-contamination.
Gluten-Free Fruity Oat Muffins
These muffins are big on flavour and sure to entice even those who have no trouble with gluten. Play around with the fruit: Try dried blueberries, strawberries, raspberries or chopped apricots.
Gluten-Free Almond Tumbprint Cookies
You can fill the thumbprint in these cookies with other jams, too. Or before baking, press an unblanched almond into the cookie instead of making an indentation.
Full of basil's peppy fresh colour and flavour, this spread is a snap to put together before you leave home. Serve with crackers or vegetable sticks.
Sugar-Free snack Recipes
Mediterranean White Bean Dip
This dip comes together in five minutes using many ingredients you'll find in your pantry. Look for artichoke hearts canned in water, not the marinated ones in the small glass jars. Serve with your favourite crackers or vegetables.
Authentic hummus recipes include lots of tahini and olive oil and, although those are healthy ingredients, they are still high in fat and dense in calories.
Olive and Parmesan Crackers
These slightly puffed, crisp crackers don't need to be dunked or spread with anything.
The dough for these homemade crackers is as easy to roll as cookie dough and is quick to cut into squares. Flaxseeds and ground flaxseed are available in the health food section of most grocery stores and at bulk food stores.
Serve this green dip with vegetable crudites and blue tortilla chips for scooping.
Looking for nut-free snacks? Find eight delicious nut-free snack recipes here.
Want to make your favourite recipe for your lactose-free friend? Check out natrel.ca to find lactose-free alternatives that can be used in to your recipes.